Sulphur Springs City Manager Marc Maxwell presented his report at this week’s city council meeting on a variety of issues.
STREETS, WATER AND SEWER – Bill Bradford Road is progressing slowly but steadily. Utilities work continues from west to east. The road is closed to through traffic, but open to customers of the businesses located in the closed portion of the road, namely Village Pawn and Gun Shop and Sulphur Springs Floral Etc.
This $1.4 million project includes water and sewer utilities, underground drainage on the western end of the street and complete reconstruction of the street. Previously I reported that the street would be paved in asphalt with 500’ feet of concrete at both ends. Staff is presently evaluating whether to construct the entire street with concrete. We recently got a great bid on concrete on Rockdale Road, and the contractor who performed the work did a good job. We are going to bid the job both ways and bring it to the City Council at a future meeting.
EZ MART SEWER PROJECT – At a previous meeting, the city council approved a sewer project on Mockingbird Lane between Furr’s and EZ-Mart that would divert wastewater flow from three fast food restaurants and one apartment away from the Mockingbird sewer main and toward the trunk line that parallels South Town Branch. The new line would also carry flow from any new development south and east of Chili’s. This project has begun, and it is progressing from east to west. So far, we have installed 168’ of sewer line starting at the eastern boundary of the Furr’s property, and we just finished installing a manhole in the EZ-Mart driveway approach. Next we will cross Mockingbird and continue to the west.
DAVIS/TOMLINSON PARKING LOT – Demolition has begun. Construction will begin on the south side of the project and progress to the north. Doing it this way will preserve some of the parking throughout the project for nearby businesses.
JEFFERSON STREET PARKING LOT – This is a County project at the northeast corner of Jefferson and Rosemont. The new lot will have 77 spaces. The County is constructing the lot in concrete and the City is installing lights and landscaping per our earlier agreement at the time the tax increment reinvestment zone was created. When the County opted into the zone, the City committed to beautification of the lot when it was built.
SPRING CLEANUP – Spring cleanup is in full swing. Saturday will be the last day. The location is the same as previous years, ¼ mile east of Flowserve on Industrial Drive. It is open to city residents only. Residents should bring their water bill and ID. Hours are from 7 am to 7 pm. No household hazardous waste is accepted; no tires, batteries, chemicals, or anything with refrigerant in it.
CLAIMS – We had one workers’ compensation claim in March for a knee injury. The incident has not resulted in any lost time.
We had three liability claims in March, two claiming damage to a structure from wastewater overflows and one claiming damage to an automobile from a pothole. All three were submitted to TML. All three were denied.
We were served one lawsuit in March.
POLICE DEPARTMENT REMODEL – This project is completed. The Police Department has moved in, and the temporary trailers are gone.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT PLANT – Total suspended solids (TSS) came in at 7.74 mg/L, well within the limit of 15 mg/L.
REVENUES AND EXPENDITURES – Finance Director, Peter Karstens will present a year-to-date summary of revenues and expenditures.
Elsewhere around the city, employees:
- Fertilized all athletic fields in preparation for spring youth athletic programs.
- Mowed the airport, library grounds, Pacific Park, senior citizens building grounds, Buford Park, Coleman Park, and the north side of Coleman Lake.
- Patched 149 potholes.
- Repaired 12 street cuts following utility repairs.
- Poured concrete for dog pens at animal control.
- Repaired drain flume at the airport.
- Cleaned storm drains and catch basins.
- Checked out 3,698 library materials.
- Rebuilt the bar screen at the wastewater treatment plant.
- Performed preventative maintenance on numerous items at the wastewater treatment plant and water treatment plant.
- Responded to 128 fire/rescue calls including 2 structure fires.
- Responded to 189 animal control calls and achieved a 50% adoption rate.
- Made 6 felony arrests in the Special Crimes Unit.
- Responded to 40 accidents, wrote 640 traffic tickets, made 74 arrests and recorded 59 offenses.
- Conducted 40 building inspections, 15 electrical inspections, 17 plumbing inspections, 2 mechanical inspections, and issued 29 building permits.
- Sold 1,280 gallons of AvGas and 4,100 gallons of JetA fuel.
- Repaired 11 water main ruptures, and installed 3 water taps.
- Replaced 17 water meters.
- Unstopped 45 sewer mains.
- Washed 76,000 feet of sewer mains.
- Smoke tested sewer segments 9, 25, 28 and made necessary repairs.
- Flushed 36 dead-end water mains.
- Treated 116 million gallons of potable water.
- Opened Lake Sulphur Spring flood gates for 4 days due to rainfall.
- Operated and inspected all 5 pumps at Lake Sulphur Springs in preparation for work at the Cooper Lake pump station. We were on generated power for 10 days at Cooper Lake while the North Texas Municipal Water District and the City of Irving replaced the electrical service and pump controls on their side of the building. We had Lake Sulphur Springs ready to go just in case something went wrong.